Will the connector from a home propane grill line hook up to and work on a
propane fuel tank for a forklift? Or do I need to get an adapter if there
is such a thing.
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The new-style BBQ tank valves have a POL fitting inside the external
Acme thread, so older equipment can be connected. Will it work? For
equipment that takes a moderate amount of vapor, probably. For
equipment, like engines, that require liquid LP, probably not. If all
you have is a 20 lb bottle and you want to test the engine, hook it
up, stand it on its head and see what you get. Might start and not
keep running. At least you'd know if the engine worked or not. For
engine use, you need a tank with a syphon tube inside so that liquid
gets passed, not vapor. There's a vaporizor on the engine to supply
sufficient gas to do actual work, usually attached to coolant or
engine oil lines to get engine heat.
Or maybe I misunderstood what you're asking, you already have a syphon
tank and want to gravity fill it from a BBQ bottle? Could be done if
you've got a hose with 2 POL fittings. At some point, though, the
float inside the upside-down BBQ tank is going to cut things off when
the level gets low enough. Do it outside, though, with no flammables
or ignition source around. One operator in my home town managed to
burn down a block-square box factory warehouse filled with paper rolls
when his forklift tank leaked and caught on fire. The remains
smouldered for weeks.
Best bet is to find a propane service outfit and see if they have the
special forklift tanks and what they charge for a fill. Might be
worth changing out hose and fitting, too, if it's really old.
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The POL valve inside the newer fittings is equivalent to the old POL. If
you could run the engine on a pre-1990s POL, you can run it with the
The problem with most high-flow gas feeds (as opposed to liquid feeds) is
the darn overflow-prevention valve/float assembly. It gets "hinky" if
the gas in the bottle boils while the bottle is near-full. Too fast a
feed, and it sometimes shuts off intermittently.
I don't seem to recall if the valve also prevents a liquid feed -- anyone
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Will take the tank to a long time friend who owns a propane business here
and see if I can get an adapter, or if I should just sell them. They are 4
years old, aluminum, clean, and I got 5 of them for $20.
Figured I could at least break even.
Is not the propane bottle about the same - one being higher quality -
but lies on its side thus delivering liquid while the Grill and Furnace (in my
case) we stand the bottles up and take it off the top.
If you want a high flow propane bottle - ask for a commercial bottle.
Or get a 4' tall one - about 3 bottle size - I call it 30 gallons but then
most don't here. I use that in both brazing with a large oxygen bottle
and by itself as a source of heat in my furnace.
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My guess is that the fork tanks are worth more than BBQ tanks. As
such, your propane business friend will likely swap them with you. And
then you'll both be using the proper equipment.
He may even swap empty fork tanks, for full BBQ tanks, and still think
he got the better deal. Don't say how much you paid, though.
Should be at least a 2:1 swap. 2 BBQ for 1 forklift tank.
Or sell 1 to me. Most forklifts I'm looking at do not include a tank.
Most likely not worth the hassel to ship.
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I wish you were closer. I have an old decrepit Toyota 3 ton lift truck that
runs on propane. I've limped by with only one tank---possible only because
I use the truck only occasionally. Sure would be nice to have a spare,